First Noncitizen Appointed to Election Commission In San Francisco

San Francisco has named a foreign national without U.S. voting rights to supervise its electoral processes.

Kelly Wong, originally from Hong Kong, was appointed to the city’s seven-member Elections Commission by San Francisco’s Department of Elections last Wednesday.

According to KQED-FM, Wong was inaugurated into her position by San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin in a ceremony attended by numerous supporters.

Wong, hailed as an advocate for immigrant rights, marks the first foreign national to serve on the commission.

Her eligibility for the role stems from a 2020 city measure, approved by San Francisco citizens, which broadened the qualifications for individuals to serve on boards and commissions, allowing non-citizens to participate.

Peskin commended Wong’s dedication to empowering voters and noted her efforts to engage non-citizens in the electoral process.